Michael Kirke was born in Ireland. In 1966 he graduated from University College Dublin (History and Politics). In that year he began working on the sub-editorial desk of The Evening Press in Dublin and in 1968 went to the newsroom of the Irish Press group of newspapers, contributing news and features to the group’s three titles – morning, evening and Sunday papers. In 1969 he went to Belfast and covered the initial unravelling of the Unionist hegemony in the province. Later that year he became the group’s education specialist. In 1973 took leave of absence to pursue postgraduate studies in education in Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated in 1976.
In 1978 he left journalism and moved into teaching. In 1981 he was appointed headmaster of Rockbrook Park School in Dublin (www.rockbrook.ie).
In 1994 made another career shift, left teaching and moved to Galway in the West of Ireland where he began working part-time in media again. He is now back in Dublin, working in media and as a freelance writer. His main interests are in cultural, political, and educational affairs, probably in that order.
Two gay campaigners against same-sex marriage in Ireland
18 May 2015 | CONJUGALITY |
What about the children, they ask.
Ireland: Will the Noes have it?
15 May 2015 | CONJUGALITY |
It has been a bad week for a government hitching its wagon to marriage "equality".
Overcooking the ‘equality’ cake?
11 May 2015 | CONJUGALITY |
The pollsters in the UK got it completely wrong. Is the same true in Ireland?
Doing justice to Ian Paisley
18 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |
Forgiveness, yes, but the honest recording of memory has its own moral imperative.
Marry and submit to him. What?
28 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |
An Italian journalist gives advice that has feminists fuming. Is she mad?
Stumbling forward into the past
25 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |
Even the Roman Empire had a use-by date. What is ours?
Why Christian ideals are the foundation of a secular society
4 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |
Secularism is Europe’s noblest achievement and Christianity’s gift to the world, says an Oxford don.
Through the underworld to transcendence
7 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |
Donna Tartt's splendid third novel The Goldfinch is a sharp critique of corrupt Western culture.
Manifesto for a new Ireland: start with conscience rights
16 Jul 2013 | FEATURES |
Defying her party's attempt to force consciences on the abortion issue, Lucinda Creighton loses her job but saves a fundamental right.
What is really going on?
12 Feb 2013 | CONJUGALITY |
On March 27 last year, the UK’s representation in Strasbourg organised the European Council’s first “closed conference” (ie, public not admitted), to agree detailed plans for the June 2013 implementation of "equal civil marriage”, with a keynote address from Lynne Featherstone. A speech by the British judge, Sir Nicolas Bratza, then head of the European Court of Human Rights, signalled that the court was ready to declare same-sex marriage a “human right”, as soon as enough countries fell into line.
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